Also snagging one each for New England were running back
"If I have a message to send to somebody I’ll just sit down and talk to them and tell them what it is," Belichick said, per the Boston Herald. "I can have a conversation and do have a conversation with anybody on the team that I need to have a conversation with. That’s not a problem. There’s no sending a message. This isn’t cryptic. We’re just trying to win a football game, that’s all."
Belichick reiterated Ridley being listed on the inactive list had to do with a game-plan decision.
"The inactive players every week are based on, in part, injuries and ultimately what we feel like, for that particular game, is the best decision for the football team in that game to try and win," Belichick said. "Along with every other decision on the team that I make, is made with what gives the team, in our opinion, the best opportunity to win on Sunday’s. That’s what all decisions are made on."
Houston has been below-average against opposing running backs, allowing them to score 16.82 Fantasy points per game. On average, running backs have run for 103 yards per game against the Texans. Through 11 games, the team has given up eight rushing touchdowns, including two in their past two games.
That might not mean much for Ridley, as he's been splitting reps with the stable of backs in New England. While he's mostly led the team in carries in most recent weeks, a fumble against Denver left him with just four carries. Fumbles have been a big problem for Ridley. Not only has he fumbled four times, but he's lost all four fumbles. While he can't control where the ball goes after he loses it, the change of possession is likely what leads Bill Belichick to turn to other options so quickly. Prior to the Denver game, Ridley had scored all seven of his touchdowns in the team's previous five games, so he had been playing well. There's a good chance he gets the start, but Fantasy owners will have to hope to can hold onto the ball in order to have a big game.
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|2011||New England Patriots||16||2||87||441||5.1||33||1||5||18|
|2012||New England Patriots||16||12||290||1263||4.4||41||12||6||82|
|2013||New England Patriots||11||6||143||611||4.3||23||7||2||31|
|2011||New England Patriots||16||2||3||13||4.3||8||0||0||0||0|
|2012||New England Patriots||16||12||6||51||8.5||20||0||1||0||2|
|2013||New England Patriots||11||6||10||62||6.2||24||0||1||0||2|
|2011||New England Patriots||16||7||152||21.7||32||0||0|
|2012||New England Patriots||16||0||0||---||0||0||0|
|2013||New England Patriots||11||0||0||---||0||0||0|
|2011||New England Patriots||16||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2012||New England Patriots||16||1||1.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2013||New England Patriots||11||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
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|2011||New England Patriots||16||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2012||New England Patriots||16||4||2||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2013||New England Patriots||11||4||4||0||0||0||0||0||0|